A team of animators from Yorkshire are taking a bold leap into the world of animated feature films this summer as they embark on a new project about life in prehistoric Britain.
In a first-of-its-kind production, Glass Cannon Animation will use expert advice from archaeologists at the University of York to bring a lost world back to life and are launching the project with an exciting new poster, released today.
Tales from Coracle Lake: The Search for Spring will transport viewers back 8,000 years to a period known as the Mesolithic, where a fresh, wild and sometimes dangerous new land has been revealed as icy tundra begins to thaw. The story follows the fortunes of our young female protagonist, Mela, as she and her pioneering group explore a forgotten wilderness to the north of their depleted homeland. When a winter without end threatens the survival of the group, Mela and her best friend, Carr, take it upon themselves to find Spring and bring life to the new world. This family-friendly viewing adventures promises to be full of excitement and thrills, brought to life with stunning hand-drawn animation.
In collaboration with archaeologists at the University of York, the Glass Cannon Animation team are working to build the perfect setting for their story. The inspiration for Tales from Coracle Lake comes from a real archaeological site in North Yorkshire known as Star Carr.
Site director Prof. Nicky Milner explains: “The site is world famous in the archaeological world for the amazing range of artefacts it has uncovered and the insights into the Mesolithic period that it gives. One of the most amazing artefacts are incredibly rare headdresses made out of red deer skulls thought to have been used in shamanic practices. The site has captured the public imagination and has been featured on a number of television programmes, and in newspapers and magazines.”
The trio of animators at Glass Cannon Animation have spent the past four years creating independent work that has received recognition at film festivals across Europe, and are now looking to use their experience to create a unique animated feature film set in an exciting period of human history.
As Richard Jacobs, Head of Animation, explains: “We have yet to see a film that portrays prehistory with any degree of accuracy, and we want to set a high benchmark for stories set in the Mesolithic. That said, we don’t believe the story needs to be bogged down by the facts either; the immersive and beautiful world speaks for itself, giving us the opportunity to tell a world class story.”
The project is nearing the end of its development stage, and the team are now looking to the next step: to fund a short proof-of-concept film which will give audiences a flavour of the adventure and spectacle that Tales from Coracle Lake will provide. Lisa Power from Glass Cannon explains: “We know this is a huge project, but we are ready to bring our experience in to one feature piece which will be our sole focus at Glass Cannon for some time to come. We believe in the story and the setting, and are dedicated to telling our story on a global stage.”Glass Cannon Animation